Ways to Treat Tinnitus
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Ways to Treat Tinnitus

Treatment options for tinnitus – the ringing, hissing or buzzing in the ears – are as varied as its causes.

Some 30 million adults suffer from tinnitus, with it being serious enough to impact everyday life for 12 million of them. The condition can be constant or sporadic and be heard in one or both ears. The sounds are the result of neural activity in the brain that presents itself as tinnitus.

Most causes of hearing loss (noise exposure, aging, head injury or a side effect of medication) can also cause tinnitus symptoms.

Harbor Audiology is teaming up with Otoharmonics Levo Systems specialists on May 21 (at our Gig Harbor office) and May 22 (Tacoma office) to provide tinnitus testing and consultations. Contact our office to schedule an appointment with Otoharmonics Levo Systems, which was recently featured on CBS News.

The Levo System takes an FDA-cleared neuroscience-based approach that treats your tinnitus while you sleep. By matching and playing the sound of your tinnitus through earbuds over the course of 90 nights, the system “trains” your brain to ignore the unwanted sounds while you’re awake.

Tinnitus tests

There are a number of ways Harbor Audiology staff can better understand the tinnitus symptoms you’re experiencing:

  • Pitch match test: Helps the audiologist determine the sound frequency you hear. This is accomplished by comparing your tinnitus to external tones.
  • Loudness match test: Identifies the volume of the tinnitus, which ranges from a whisper to a shout.
  • Visual analog scale: This helps determine perceived loudness, which is often much louder than a matching decibel level. You are asked to describe the volume on a scale of zero to 10.

Types of treatment

In addition to the Levo System, there are several ways tinnitus can be treated:

  • Hearing aids: Help provide some relief from tinnitus, with many devices featuring specific tinnitus treatments.
  • White noise machines: Help cover the unwanted sounds and help you focus on other things.
  • Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT): Combines cognitive behavioral therapy with a tinnitus masking device to help you ignore the sounds.

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